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April 24, 2019

Second Lady Karen Pence has new job at school that bans gay staff

January 17, 2019
Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, took a part-time a job at a Northern Virginia religious school that bars gay people from employment there, prohibits premarital sex and requires staffers to adhere to traditional gender roles. (Alex Brandon / AP)

Second Lady Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Pence, took a part-time a job at a Northern Virginia religious school that bars gay people from employment there, prohibits premarital sex and requires staffers to adhere to traditional gender roles.

Pence, 62, who holds a master’s degree in education, began teaching art to elementary students at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia on Tuesday.

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Her office says she’ll teach twice a week until May. She previously worked at the school for more than a decade prior to her husband’s ascension to the White House.

The school’s online job application requires applicants to swear to a “maintain a lifestyle based on biblical standards of moral conduct.”

Barred behaviors include: “heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites,” among other things, according to the online job application.

Pence identifies as an Evangelical Christian. Her husband has been a vocal opponent of efforts to expand civil rights for gay and transgender people.

According to her official White House biography, Pence worked for 25 years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher prior to becoming the First Lady of Indiana in 2013.

Representatives for Pence and Immanuel Christian School didn’t respond to requests for comment.

But advocates took offense at Pence’s new job.

“It’s disturbing Second Lady Karen Pence would put her stamp of approval on an institution that actively targets LGBTQ students at one of the places where they should feel the safest,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO at the pro-gay group GLAAD.

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